It has been more than 10 days since southern California was hit by the two largest earthquakes that the state has experienced in decades, and yet the shaking refuses to stop... In fact, now northern California is joining the party... According to the USGS, there have been 20 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state of California within the last 24 hours. Of course most of the “experts” are assuring us that all of this seismic activity will soon settle down, but what if they are wrong?...
Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers downplayed his possession of a foreign passport under a fake name by suggesting he’d never used it—but prosecutors said Wednesday that’s not the case.
In a letter to the federal judge who will decide if the financier stays in jail until trial, the U.S. attorney’s office said that the travel document “contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, including stamps that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.”
The vote was 230-198, with 4 Democrats and all Republicans voting no. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, now an independent after leaving the Republican Party, voted yes... It remained highly unlikely that Barr and Ross will face charges, as those would have to be pursued by the Trump administration’s Justice Department, which Barr heads. When Holder was ultimately held in contempt in 2012, his Justice Department under President Barack Obama did not pursue charges either.
Judge William Pauley confirmed the end of the probe in an order to release the remaining files in the case against Michael Cohen, the former Trump attorney who is serving a three-year prison term for several crimes. The end of the investigation indicates that no additional Trump Organization executives — a group that includes Donald Trump Jr. — will be charged in the investigation, which was led by attorneys in U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
Rep. Al Green’s resolution to impeach the president was effectively killed by a House vote to table it. Democratic party leaders considered it a premature exercise that needlessly forces vulnerable swing-district lawmakers to cast a perilous and divisive vote... "I think we'll get rid of all this right now," Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters of Green's proposal... Pelosi noted that six House committees are conducting investigations of Trump and said, "That is the serious path we're on."
Turkey will no longer be allowed to participate in the F-35 fighter jet program as punishment for taking delivery of a Russian air defense system, the White House officially announced Wednesday... The NATO ally, which has been a key partner on the stealth plane, on Friday received its first delivery of the S-400 air defense system, despite U.S. objections the military alliance cannot tolerate the Russian-made system and the F-35 because it would give the Russians a battlefield advantage.
The incident happened late on the evening of July 15, when a vehicle with two individuals approached the primary inspection area at the checkpoint on Farm-to-Market Road 1017. Agents referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area and a search of the vehicle revealed 41 bundles. Field tests revealed the bundles contained methamphetamine. The drugs weighed approximately 31.6 kilograms (69.67 pounds) with an approximate value of $2,227,200. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested the driver and passenger, both Mexican Citizens, and seized the vehicle utilized in the smuggling attempt. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The North Carolina Supreme Court's only registered Republican called out the remaining six Democratic justices in a speech that marked an unusual open critique of the state's highest court from within. In a campaign address last weekend to Republicans, Associate Justice Paul Newby compared his Democratic colleagues to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. To GOP activists, she symbolizes the Democratic Party's leftward shift. "Imagine seven 'AOCs' on the state Supreme Court," Newby told the Republican crowd Saturday, referring to the congresswoman's initials. "Well, folks, we got six," he said to laughs. "It's six to one."
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on June 13 that the ag department would ship more than 500 jobs from Washington to Kansas City... A USDA spokesperson told The Star that 72 employees in the ag department’s Economic Research Service accepted their transfer to Kansas City. Another 99 turned down the offer — a number that included employees who did not respond by a Monday deadline. In USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 73 employees signed on to the transfer while another 151 turned it down.
The Trump administration is beefing up troop levels at the U.S.-Mexico border, with the new acting defense secretary, Richard Spencer, on Tuesday approving a Department of Homeland Security request for an additional 2,100. The Department of Defense announced the move on Wednesday; the troops will join 4,500 others at the border.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to win the Senate's consent to approve the House-passed bill, which would reauthorize funding until fiscal 2090. The bill cleared the House in a 402-12 vote last week. But Paul objected, pointing to the country's growing debt and arguing that any new spending should be offset by cuts to other spending.
The case was dismissed a week after Spacey's accuser refused to testify at a court hearing about a missing cellphone and deleted text message of his that Spacey's lawyers claimed could prove the actor's innocence. The accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at that hearing after being asked if he knew that destruction of evidence was a felony under Massachusetts law.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the award of more than $9 million in USDA Farm to School Program grants that will increase the amount of healthy, local foods served in schools and create economic opportunities for nearby farmers.
This year marks an all-time high of funding and projects in the program, with grants supporting 126 selected projects across 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These projects are expected to serve more than 3.2 million students in over 5,400 schools.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles charged 22 people linked to a subset of the vicious gang that's known as the Fulton clique, members of which are suspected in nearly 200 crimes in several states over 9 years, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday.
"We have now taken off the streets nearly two dozen people associated with the most violent arm of MS-13 in Los Angeles," U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said.
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